Updated: Sep 10
Embarking on a spiritual journey can be both exciting and daunting. As seekers, we often find ourselves grappling with unanswered questions, seeking guidance and clarity. This is where a spiritual guide comes into play – a trusted companion who helps illuminate the path from seeker to sage. In this article, I will explore the essential role of a spiritual guide in our spiritual growth.
I will give you some findings and conclusions coming from my experience as a spiritual guide and mentor over many years. In my turn, over 20 years ago I also was a student of a high spiritual master and attended his spiritual school, so I am speaking from both sides of the topic.
Understanding the role of a spiritual guide
Through his guidance and feedback, a spiritual guide helps us embrace new perspectives and cultivate a sense of inner peace. He encourages us to explore different spiritual practices, encouraging us to find what resonates with our unique journey. By providing a nurturing and supportive environment, they empower us to discover our own spiritual truths and step into our fullest potential.
A spiritual guide serves as a mentor, offering wisdom and support as we navigate the vast landscape of our own spirituality. They provide clarity when our minds are cluttered with doubt, and they offer guidance during times of spiritual crisis. With their profound knowledge and experience, they can help us find meaning and purpose in our lives, and assist us as we develop a deeper connection with our higher selves.
A spiritual guide is supposed to have a higher soul vibration than you, hence he has a higher awareness. A spiritual guide is much beyond an emotional counselor or a shrink who might help you with some emotional issues you have, but don’t have the perspective you need to also raise your soul and align with your optimal path in life.
The spiritual guide is your leverage to progress on your spiritual growth path.
The importance of spiritual growth
Spiritual growth is a lifelong journey of self-discovery and inner transformation. It is a process of expanding our consciousness and aligning with our true selves. Through spiritual growth, we gain a deeper understanding of our purpose in life and develop a sense of inner peace and fulfillment. It is through this growth that we are able to tap into our highest potential and live a more meaningful and purposeful life.
The seeker's journey
The journey of a spiritual seeker is marked by a deep longing for spiritual truth and a desire to connect with something greater than himself. Seekers often find themselves exploring various spiritual practices, reading books, attending workshops, and seeking guidance from others. It is during this phase that a spiritual guide can play a crucial role in providing direction and support.
Basically, a spiritual seeker journey involves two main phases:
The seeking one, when after a first step of spiritual awakening the seeker starts to search for the spiritual tradition/school that best fits his needs.
The evolution phase, where after finding his spiritual master/guru and spiritual tradition that fits his spiritual evolution, he follows it up for spiritual growth.
For both these main phases of spiritual growth, a competent spiritual guide is crucial for guiding the seeker.
The limitations of self-guided spiritual growth
You probably read or heard many spirituals and authors saying and writing that “The best spiritual guide is your higher self (or God), and one should not appeal to human guides!” It sounds grand and empowering, but what is lacking in this allegation is the context. Actually, I agree with it but only for souls who reached enlightenment like Buddha, Jesus, and not before!
This is because only at that level does a person’s mind really understand without distortions his soul or God’s messages. Before reaching such a high level of awareness letting a seeker fumble blindly through spiritual challenges is like letting a 3rd grader in an ordinary school learn by himself the school curricula. That would mean not giving him for an entire year any feedback, any test, any guidance, and hoping that at the end of the year with his 9-year-old maturity he will somehow make it. Do you really trust this will happen for the majority of 3rd graders??
While self-guided spiritual growth can be empowering, it also has its limitations. Without the guidance of a spiritual mentor, seekers may find themselves overwhelmed by the vast amount of information available, unsure of where to begin or how to navigate the different paths. A spiritual guide can help provide a clear roadmap and offer insights that can save seekers time and unnecessary detours on their journey.
A very important role a true spiritual guide fulfills is to give feedback to a spiritual seeker if he is on the right path or has strayed away from it. Without competent feedback from a trusted source many spiritual seekers found themselves blocked in all sorts of rituals and beliefs that actually pulled them lower as vibration instead of helping them progress. It’s like in any human school, where the teacher monitors the student’s progress and corrects their errors when they occur by giving them feedback and guidance.
A seeker is lacking spiritual discernment which doesn’t allow him to discern among souls, energies, and so on. In the spiritual world, like in the human one, many things and souls are not what they appear to be. One needs a compass and a strong spiritual discernment ability to navigate safely among these.
The benefits of having a spiritual guide
Having a spiritual guide has numerous benefits on our spiritual journey. They provide us with a safe and nurturing space to explore our spirituality and ask the tough questions. They offer guidance and support during challenging times, helping us navigate the inevitable obstacles that arise.
A spiritual guide brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that can be invaluable in our growth and development.
A spiritual guide plays a crucial role in our spiritual growth by providing spiritual guidance, support, and wisdom. They help us navigate the challenges and obstacles that may arise on our journey. A spiritual guide can help us gain clarity, find purpose, and develop a deeper connection with our higher selves. They offer insights and teachings that can unlock our true potential and lead us toward enlightenment.
Types of Spiritual Guides
There are two main types of spiritual guides:
The embodied spiritual guides which we meet in person, like a spiritual master whose spiritual classes we attend or have 1-to-1 spiritual guidance with him, a spiritual advisor, a spiritual teacher, or mentor.
The disembodied spiritual guides who are disembodied higher souls who act also as our spiritual guardians. These higher souls send us suggestions about what path and decisions to take over life. Obviously, if a spiritual seeker is not evolved enough he might not understand very well their suggestions due to the mind and body intercessions that distort the messages.
Spiritual guide guding spiritual seeker
In history, the disembodied spiritual guides were named angels, guardian angels, archangels, ascended masters, etc; it all depended on the culture and religion in use at that time. In some cultures, the spiritual guides were even considered as being animal totems.
Qualities to look for in a spiritual guide
When choosing a spiritual guide, it is important to consider certain qualities that will support our growth.
A spiritual guide should:
possess deep wisdom and knowledge in their chosen spiritual path. They necessarily need a higher soul than the seeker, beyond the wisdom of a more advanced age and life experience. Wisdom belongs more to the persona of the guide and less to his soul. Without a higher vibration soul the spiritual guide won’t have access to a higher awareness.
have a genuine desire to help others and be able to hold a space of non-judgment and compassion.
able to inspire and motivate us, encouraging us to reach our highest potential.
allow us free will and not judge us even if in error, just guide us. We learn mainly from errors in this 3D world.
Push us to release the limiting beliefs in our subconscious so to raise above what we are now.
Not making the seeker be dependent on him, letting him make his own decisions and take responsibility for them.
Besides a higher soul, a spiritual guide should also have a higher body vibration which shows he released many of his limiting beliefs.
Finding and nurturing the relationship with your spiritual guide
Finding a spiritual guide can be a deeply personal process.
It often involves trusting your intuition and following your inner guidance. Seekers can explore different spiritual communities, attend workshops or retreats, and connect with like-minded individuals who may be able to recommend a spiritual guide.
It is important to take your time and find someone who resonates with your values and beliefs. Building a strong and nurturing relationship with your spiritual guide is essential for your growth. It requires open and honest communication, trust, and mutual respect.
Regular check-ins and discussions can help deepen the connection and ensure that both parties are aligned on the goals and intentions of the spiritual journey. It is important to remember that the relationship with a spiritual guide is a partnership, and both parties need to be committed to the growth and development of the seeker.
Embracing the guidance of a spiritual guide for your spiritual journey
Under the tutelage of a spiritual guide, a seeker's evolution is profound. From understanding foundational concepts to diving into the deeper mysteries of the self and the universe, the journey is expansive. With time, the seeker, fortified with experiences and wisdom, might also become a beacon of light for others, thereby continuing the age-old tradition of wisdom dissemination.
In wrapping up, the journey from seeker to sage is a dance between the individual and the cosmos, between seeking and finding, between knowing and experiencing. While the journey's essence is deeply personal, a spiritual guide acts as a compass, a mentor, and sometimes the very ground upon which the seeker treads. The relationship is symbiotic, sacred, and instrumental in the seeker's spiritual ascent.
So, if you are a seeker yearning for deeper spiritual growth, consider finding a spiritual guide who can illuminate your path from seeker to sage.
You can learn more by reading other posts in this spiritual site that are coming from a very different and fresh angle than spiritual mainstream, and based on a very long and personal experience and hands-on research, and not from books.
You might also consider a service like Spiritual & Psychic Reading in the Services section of this site from the ones listed here and get a spiritual diagnostic, or attend my spiritual School of Body and Soul Ascension Mastery to raise your body and soul awareness and reach into higher dimensions.
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